BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team continued its dominance at Bill Battle Coliseum on Sunday, taking down the Southern Athletic Association's top team Oglethorpe 91-80 and handing the Stormy Petrels their first conference loss of the year.
The Panthers trailed the Petrels for less than two minutes before taking a 4-2 lead with 18:06 to go in the first half. After BSC took the lead it never surrendered it, outscoring Oglethorpe 46-37 in the first half and 45-43 in the second half.
BSC continued its hot streak from the three-point line on Sunday. The Panthers used the three-pointer to make a comeback win on Friday against Berry, and they consistently sank shots from beyond the arc to topple Oglethorpe on Sunday.
The Panthers were 8-of-14 from three in the first half and added nine more three-pointers on 17 attempts in the second half. For the game, BSC was 54.8 percent from three and 56.9 percent from the field.
Birmingham-Southern was led by senior Harrison Deneka (Memphis, Tenn./Christian Brothers HS) and sophomore Calvin Bak (Muscle Shoals, Ala./Muscle Shoals HS), who had 23 points each. The duo used different strategies to reach their point total – Deneka scoring 20 points inside 20 feet and Bak hitting all but two of his shots from beyond the arc – but both worked well to frustrate the Petrel defense.
Other leaders for the Panthers were Matty Rudak (Augustow, Poland/Millbrook School) who had a game-high 14 rebounds and added two blocks, and junior guard Zach Allison (Pelham, Ala./Wallace State Community College) who had 10 assists.
With the win, Birmingham-Southern improves to 8-10 overall and 5-2 in the SAA. The Panthers are 7-1 in games played within the friendly confines of Battle Coliseum.
BSC will be on the road for its next two games. The Panthers will face Berry at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 26 before turning around and traveling to Oglethorpe on Sunday, Jan. 28.